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Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 31, 2018

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 9 a.m.-noon 

"Baking with Tahini": BAKE! at Zingerman's Bakehouse.

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Hop on the tahini train at Zingerman's hands on baking school BAKE! We've been experimenting in the kitchen with the latest culinary craze, tahini (rich sesame paste). And we're using a particularly great organic tahini we sourced from Turkey. In this class you'll bake tahini butter cookies, tahini banana bread made with Michigan wheat flour and black sesame seeds, and tahini and almond filled croissants with a carob drizzle. (Due to time constraints, we will provide you with already baked croissants to fill.) They'll add excitement and flavor to your baker's recipe box.
You'll leave BAKE! With our recipes, the knowledge to recreate them at home, all the food you made in class and great coupons.
Sign up:
BAKE!, 3723 Plaza Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48108. $75. 734-761-7255. [map]

 10-11 a.m. 

"Aerial Boot Camp": A2 Aviary.

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Get ripped and have fun doing it! Come for a great workout or supplement your aerial training with this all levels conditioning class, which focuses on building strength, alignment, flexibility, and technique with progressive training in the air and on the floor. Students will develop the core and upper body muscle groups needed for all aerial apparatuses and will learn exercises and spotting techniques to practice on their own.
Are you one of the many folks who don't feel "strong enough" to start aerial training? This class is the preparation you've been looking for. Crazy spandex, legwarmers, and workout-video exercise attire welcomed but not required. Absolute beginners of any (or no) athletic background highly encouraged! Please register via website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 10 a.m. 

"Easter Eggstravaganza": City of Dexter.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018, 10:00am
Celebrate Easter with an Easter Egg Scramble and the Easter Bunny. Bring your camera for photos and come enjoy the fun.
Fee: $2.00 per child in advance, $3 per child day of the event
Community Park
3575 Ryan Dr.
Dexter, MI 48130
Community Park, 3575 Ryan Dr., Dexter. $2 per child in advance, $3 per child day of the event. (734) 426 - 8303. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Anuja Rajendra Coffee Hour: Anuja Rajendra for State Senate.

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Meet a candidate running for state senate in district 18! Share your thoughts and concerns for the district as well as ask any questions you might have.
The Owl, Morning 'til Night, 9 W Main St, Milan, MI 48160, Milan. Free. [map]

 10:00am  Free! 

Easter Egg Hunt: Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor.

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Vineyard Church welcomes the community to its annual Easter festivities starting with a breakfast at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31st. Activities include an egg hunt, inflatables, pony rides, face-painting and a petting zoo. This is a free event open to all.
Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, 2275 Platt Rd. Free. 734-477-9135. [map]

 10 a.m.  Free! 

Easter Egg Hunt: Vineyard Church.

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Egg hunt, inflatables, pony rides, face painting, and a petting zoo. Breakfast.
Vineyard, 2275 Platt. Free. 477-9135. [map]

 10 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Basic Computer Concepts for Kids!": AADL Downtown Training Center.

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All kids in grades 4-7 invited to learn how to create puzzles, games, animations, & stories using the Scratch programming language. Members of the U-M Google Ignite student organization are on hand to assist.
10 a.m.-noon, AADL Downtown Training Center. Free. 327-8301.

 10 a.m.-noon 

"Spring Eggstravaganza": Leslie Science and Nature Center.

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All kids invited to bring a basket or bag and set off on a scavenger egg hunt through LSNC trails, one for older and one for younger kids. Prizes. Also, a chance to learn about the LSNC animals that lay eggs and what their eggs look like and to meet the LSNC birds of prey up close. Preregistration required by Mar. 26.
10 a.m.-noon, LSNC, 1831 Traver. $8 per child. 997-1553. [map]

 10-11 a.m.  Free! 

"This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing": Ann Arbor District Library/Spinning Dot Theatre.

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The local Spinning Dot Theatre presents Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer's play, which combines word, music, and movement to tell the heartfelt story of a set of adventurous triplet girls.
10-11 a.m., AADL Westgate. Free. 327-8301.

 10 a.m. 

"Weekend Morning Movies": Quality 16.

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Mar. 30-Apr. 1: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul" (David Bowers, 2017). Comedy about a kid who derails his family's road trip in a scheme to get to a video gaming convention.

Apr. 6-8: "The Star" (Timothy Reckart, 2017). Animated retelling of the Christmas story from the perspective of a brave donkey and his animal friends.

Apr. 13-15: "Wonder" (Stephen Chbosky, 2017). Inspiring drama about a 5th grader with extreme facial differences who attends a mainstream elementary school for the first time. Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson.

Apr. 20-22: "The Emoji Movie" (Tony Leondis, 2017). Animation about a meh emoji who rebels against the rule that emojis must have only one facial expression.

10 a.m., 3686 Jackson. $1 (Frequent Moviegoer Club members, free). 623-7469. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 10:30 a.m. 

"The Little Scientist Club": AAHOM.

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Every Tues. & Sat. Crafts, science-themed stories, and hands-on activities for young kids, accompanied by a parent. Geared toward kids ages 3-6; older siblings welcome.
9:30 a.m. (Tues.) & 10:30 a.m. (Sat.), AAHOM, 220 E. Ann. Free with regular admission: $12.50 (members & kids under age 2, free). 995-9439. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon 

"Cardio & Core": Better Living Fitness Center.

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If you've always wanted a flat stomach, 6-pack abs or just a stronger core, this is the class for you. It combines high-energy music with a core-sculpting routine to give you a toned midsection. Get me some abs!
Join us on Facebook for more information about our classes and general health and fitness:
Better Living Fitness Center, 834B Phoenix Drive. Free with some memberships; $15 walk-in.. 734-747-0123. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Children's Storytime: Barnes & Noble.

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Every Sat. Storytelling programs and occasional craft activities for kids age 3 & up.
11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, 3235 Washtenaw. Free. 973-1618. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

Story Time: Bookbound.

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Every Sat. Linda Zimmer reads seasonal stories for kids age 6 & under.
11 a.m., Bookbound, Courtyard Shops. Free. 369-4345.

 11 a.m. 

YinYasa Yoga: Mota Thai Yoga.

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Saturdays from 11am-12pm, join Mota Thai Yoga for a FREE yoga class (with donations accepted).
This class is a combination of Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Some postures are held for longer periods of time than a typical yoga class. This allows the muscles to relax, and the deep connective tissues to be gently stretched. In between these postures, movement and flowing between postures will be done to create internal heat. Appropriate for all levels. This class is heated between 80-90 degrees.
Look for door #22 with the red buddha on it.
Mota Thai Yoga, 416 W. Huron Street, #22, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Donation. [map]

 11 a.m.-noon  Free! 

"Celebrate Spring in the Garden": The Garden Mill Green Thumb Series.

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Talks and demonstrations on garden-related themes by Garden Mill staff and local master gardeners. Mar. 17: "Getting Into the Weeds." Garden Mill staff discuss how to identify and manage several common weeds. Mar. 24: "Reading Your Landscape." Michigan conservationist Susan Betz talks about how to create a garden that's both aesthetically and environmentally satisfying. Mar. 31: "Preserving Your Bounty." Local gardening aficionado Char Major shares ideas for produce preservation, including canning, freezing, and drying.
11 a.m.-noon, Garden Mill, 110 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration recommended. 475-3539. [map]

 11 a.m.  Free! 

"Spring Eggstravaganza": Pittsfield Township Parks & Rec.

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Thousands usually attend this huge Easter egg hunt for kids age 10 & under accompanied by a parent. Also, a petting zoo, balloon artists, games, photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts, face painting, and more. Egg hunts for different age ranges begin at 11 a.m. sharp. Preregistration required by Mar. 30th at Note: Parking available at 6201 W. Michigan (with bus shuttles to the park). No parking on Platt Rd. or in area business lots.
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lillie Park South, Platt at Ellsworth (entrance on Platt, ½ mile south of Ellsworth). Free. 822-2120.

 11:30 a.m. 

"Springfest": Saline Parks & Recreation.

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Conventional egg hunt (11:30 a.m.) for ages 2-10 and pool-diving egg hunt (1 p.m.) for ages 6-12, plus "Lunch with the Bunny" (noon) for all ages and treats from local businesses along the "Hippity Hop Trail" (noon-1 p.m.) inside the rec center. Bring a basket.
11:30 a.m., Saline Recreation Center, 1866 Woodland, Saline. $8 per activity in advance; $10 at the door. Preregistration recommended. 429-3502. [map]


Draw Doubles: Local 101 Disc Golf Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to play disc golf at one of Hudson Mills Metropark's 24-hole courses. Beginners are paired with advanced players to create parity. Prizes. Discs can be borrowed at the park office.
Noon, Hudson Mills Metropark Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd. (between Dexter-Pinckney Rd. & Huron River Dr.), Dexter. $7 per player; free for spectators. $10 vehicle entrance fee. 449-4300. [map]

 Noon & 3 p.m. 

U-M Baseball.

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Mar. 16-18: Bowling Green. Home-opening 3-game series. 4 p.m. (Mar. 16), 2 p.m. (Mar. 17), & 1 p.m. (Mar. 18).

Mar. 21: WMU. 1 p.m.

MSU. 4 p.m. (Mar. 23) & 1 p.m. (Mar. 25).

Mar. 28: CMU. 4 p.m.

Mar. 30, 31, & Apr. 1: Delaware. (Mar. 30, 4 p.m.; Mar. 31 doubleheader, noon & 3 p.m.; & Apr. 1, 1 p.m. ).

Apr. 4: Toledo. 4 p.m.

Apr. 13, 14, & 15: 3-game series vs. Maryland. Apr. 13, 4 p.m.; Apr. 14, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 15, 2:30 p.m.

Apr. 20, 21, &22 3-game series vs. Penn State. Apr. 20, 4 p.m.; Apr. 21, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 22, 1 p.m.
Various times (see listing), Ray Fisher Stadium. Tickets TBA. 764-0247.


U-M Men's Lacrosse.

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Mar. 3: Siena. Noon.

Mar. 9: Air Force. 7 p.m.

Mar. 17: Marquette. 3 p.m.

Mar. 31 Maryland. Noon.
Various times (see listing above), U-M Lacrosse Stadium, 2500 S. State. $6. 764-0247. [map]

 12:55 p.m. 

"Così fan tutte": Fathom Events.

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Mar. 31 & Apr. 4. Broadcast (Mar. 31) & rebroadcast (Apr. 4) of the Metropolitan Opera production of Mozart's comic opera, a rare blend of high-spirited farce with psychological acuity and emotional depth. This production sets the story--about 2 soldiers who decide to test their sweethearts' faithfulness by wooing them disguised as foreigners--in a carnival-esque environment inspired by 1950s Coney Island. Stars Christopher Maltman and Kelli O'Hara. Italian, with English supertitles.
12:55 p.m. (Mar. 31) & 1 & 6:30 p.m. (Apr. 4), Quality 16 (3686 Jackson) & Ann Arbor 20 (4100 Carpenter). Tickets $18 in advance at and at the door. 827-2863 (Quality 16) & 973-8424 (Ann Arbor 20).

 1-2:15 p.m. 

"Flexitortion": A2 Aviary.

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This 75 minute class can take your flexibility from basic warming up stretching to beginning contortion poses. All levels are welcome, as students train at their own pace with instructor guidance. We will focus on safely exploring your limits through proper warming techniques and mat exercises to take home. Please bring your own yoga mat, if possible. Come increase your bendy power, learn to prevent injuries through safe stretching, breathe, and stretch in a supportive environment. It is strongly recommended that this class be taken as your final physical activity of the day, and not as a warm up for other activities. Please register via the Aviary's website, class size is limited. =)
A2 Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk Dr, Suite A. $12. [map]

 1-5 p.m. 

"Creature Encounters": The Creature Conservancy.

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Every Sat. & Sun. Conservancy staffers show Arthur the emu on the conservancy's Stone Stage (2 & 4 p.m.). Also, cougar feedings (1:30 & 4:30 p.m.) and a chance to see the conservancy's other animals, including prairie dogs, kangaroos, giant tortoises, an Arctic fox, and more.
1-5 p.m., Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. $8 (kids ages 2-12, $6; age 1 & under, free). 929-9324. [map]

 1-3 p.m.  Free! 

"Festifools Workshops": Ann Arbor District Library.

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Mar. 18, 25, & 31. All ages invited to help the AADL prepare for the annual FestiFools parade on April 8. Materials provided. Mar. 18: "Community Big Fish Building." Help make a giant fish puppet in which AADL staff will march. Mar. 25: "Costume Making." Make a purple, blue, and green ocean-themed costume to wear while marching as part of a school of AADL fish. Mar. 31: "Instrument Making." Make ocean-themed percussion instruments to play while marching as part of the AADL school of ocean life.
1-3 p.m., AADL Downtown Multipurpose rm. Free. 327-8301.

 1:30 p.m. 

"Ghibli for Kids" Film Series: Michigan Theater Foundation.

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Mar. 3: "My Neighbor Totoro" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988). Anime tale about 2 girls who move to the Japanese countryside and befriend strange and delightful nature spirits. 1:30 p.m.

Mar. 10: "Kiki's Delivery Service" (Hayao Miyazaki, 1989). Coming-of-age anime about a teen witch trying to find her place in the world. 1:30 p.m.

Mar. 17: "Howl's Moving Castle" (Hayao Miyazaki, 2004). Anime love story about an 18-year-old girl cursed into an old woman's body and a wizard who can see through the curse. 1:30 p.m.

Mar. 24: "Spirited Away" (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001). Oscar-winning anime fantasy about a young girl who discovers a secret world of strange spirits and sorcery. 1:30 p.m.

Mar. 31: "Ponyo" (Hayao Miyazaki, 2008). Anime fantasy about a young boy who develops a relationship with a goldfish princess who longs to become human after falling in love with him. 1:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m., State Theatre. $10 (kids under 12, free; students, seniors, & veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50).

 2 p.m.  Free! 

U-M Men's Gymnastics.

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Mar. 24: Penn State. 1 p.m.

Mar. 31: Illinois-Chicago. 2 p.m.
Various times, see listing. Cliff Keen Arena, S. State at Hoover. Free. 764-0247.

 2 p.m. 

U-M Softball.

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Mar. 21: CMU. 4 p.m.

Mar. 30, 31, & Apr. 1: 3-game Big 10 series vs. Purdue. Mar. 30, 4 p.m., Mar. 31, 2 p.m. & Apr. 1, 1 p.m.

Apr. 4: EMU. 4 p.m.

Apr. 13, 14, & 15: 3-game series vs. Rutgers. Apr. 13, 6 p.m.; Apr. 14, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 15, noon.

Apr. 20, 21, & 22 3-game series vs. Maryland. Apr. 20, 6 p.m.; Apr. 21, 2 p.m.; & Apr. 22, 1 p.m.
Various times, see listing. Alumni Field, S. State at Hoover. $6 & $8 (groups of 10 or more, $3 each; U-M students, faculty, & staff, free). 764-0247.

 2 p.m.  Free! 

"The Russian Five: A Story of Espionage, Defection, Bribery, and Courage": Nicola's Books.

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Longtime Detroit Free Press sportswriter Keith Gave discusses his new book about the group of Soviet hockey players who played for the Red Wings in the 90s. Writer Mitch Albom calls it "a whirlwind story that is at times fantastical, gripping, emotional and even humorous." Signing.
2 p.m., Nicola's, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600.

 2:30 p.m. 

"Hand Balancing & Contortion for Ages 8-17": A2 Aviary.

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This 1-hour all-level class is designed for active young people (ages 8-17) to build the courage for inversions and the strength to stay upside down. Students will learn to balance on their hands, create absurd shapes, and find their bendiest self. Each class includes 15-20 minutes of warm-up and stretching, followed by practicing hand balancing and contortion fundamentals. This is not a drop in class, all student MUST please register via the Aviary's website before arriving to the studio.
The Ann Arbor Aviary, 2875 Boardwalk St, Suite A. $15. [map]

 3-5 p.m.  Free! 

Chess: Chelsea Chess Club.

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Every Sat. All invited to join club members for blitz (5-minute) and untimed games. Some sets and clocks available; bring your own if possible.
3-5 p.m., Wendy's, 1640 Commerce Park, Chelsea. The meetings are held in the Pierce Park picnic shelter during the summer, usually from late May until after Labor Day. Free. 475-1583. [map]

 3 p.m. 

U-M Women's Lacrosse.

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Mar. 5: Stony Brook. 5 p.m.

Mar. 17: Ohio State. Noon.

Mar. 25: Detroit Mercy. 1 p.m.

Mar. 31: Maryland. 3 p.m.

Apr. 8: Johns Hopkins. Noon.

Apr. 21: East Carolina. 3 p.m.
Various times (see listing), U-M Lacrosse Stadium, 2500 S. State. $6. 764-0247. [map]

 3 & 8 p.m. 

"Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear": Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Every Wed.-Sun., Mar. 29-May 26. Guy Sanville directs the world premiere of David MacGregor's drama that imagines the Victorian super sleuth solving a case for the as-yet-undiscovered artistic genius Vincent van Gogh. Dr. Watson and Irene Adler join Sherlock in uncovering the audacious crime. Note: adult language & content. Cast: Mark Colson, Paul Stroili, Sarab Kamoo, Tom Whalen, Rusty Mewha, and Caitlin Cavannaugh.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.), 3 p.m. (Wed. & Sat.), & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Purple Rose Theatre, 137 Park St., Chelsea. Tickets $30 (Wed.), $27 (Thurs.), $41 (Fri. eve. & weekend matinees), $46 (Sat. eve.) in advance at and by phone, and (if available) at the door. Discounts available for students, seniors, teachers, military personnel, and groups. 433-7673. [map]

 6 p.m. 

Passover Second Night Seder: Jewish Cultural Society.

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All invited for a secular Seder, written by JCS members, focusing on the continual need to work for freedom around the world. Bring a kosher-for-Passover, nut-free dish to pass for a vegetarian potluck.
6 p.m., Jewish Community Center, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr. (off Stone School Rd. south of Packard). Donation. Reservations required at 975-9872. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

5th Anniversary Reading: Literati Bookstore.

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Literati booksellers past and present read from their poetry and prose in celebration of the store's 5th birthday.
7 p.m., 124 E. Washington. Free. 585-5567. [map]

 7 p.m.  Free! 

Blue Moon Hike: Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission.

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WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance leads a 1-mile trail hike to view the moon and learn about wildlife that come out at dusk.
7-9 p.m., Kosch Headwaters Preserve, 3268 N. Prospect, Ypsilanti. Free. 971-6337. [map]

 7 p.m. 

Max Amini: The Ark.

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Local debut of this popular Iranian American stand-up comic with his own YouTube channel who's known for his improvisational skills and engagingly offbeat storytelling about family ties and deep-seated cultural forces.
7 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $39-$65 in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office ( &, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Devil's Music": Theatre NOVA.

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Theatre NOVA presents the Michigan premiere of this hit Off-Broadway musical celebration of the legendary Bessie Smith, whose life was as large and outrageous as her talent. The Devil's Music re- imagines Bessie's final electrifying evening after she and her band are turned away by a whites-only theatre. This is a musical celebration not to be missed, packed with a trove of Bessie's all-time hits-songs like "I Ain't Got Nobody," "St. Louis Blues," and "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do." Featuring K Edmonds and Brian Buckner.Directed by Lynch Travis.
The production team includes Forrest Hejkal (scenic design), Daniel C. Walker (lighting) and Michelle Resnick (stage manager).
Tickets are $25, and Theatre NOVA continues its commitment to make theatre accessible by offering pay-what-you-can tickets for those who need them. For tickets, visit, call 734-635-8450 (Tuesdays through Fridays from noon until 3 p.m.), or buy them in person at the box office one hour before showti
Theatre NOVA, 410 W Huron St. $25, Pay-What-You-Can ticket available. 734-635-8450. [map]

 8 p.m. 

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Chick Corea: University Musical Society.

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Legendary jazz pianist Corea leads the orchestra-widely regarded as the finest large jazz ensemble playing today-in a retrospective of his venerated and eclectic 50-year career. He first came to prominence in the late 60s as a member of the Miles Davis Group, with which he recorded the legendary "Bitches Brew" LP, a revolutionary work that virtually invented jazz fusion. Since then, Corea has continued to expand jazz's musical vocabulary, garnering accolades along the way, including the nation's highest honor for jazz artists, the National Endowment for the Arts "Jazz Master" fellowship.
8 p.m., Hill Auditorium. Tickets $16-$75 in advance at, by phone, and (if available) at the door. 764-2538. [map]

 8 & 10:30 p.m. 

Steve Gillespie: Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase.

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Mar. 29-31. Local debut of this LA-based comic known for his pushy onstage persona and caustic social commentary. He had a well-received debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 2016, and his latest project is a podcast with his girlfriend, Under Our Covers, where they discuss kink, psychedelics, and their fringe lifestyle. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 10:30 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 212 S. Fourth Ave. $10 (Thurs.) & $13 (Fri. & Sat.) reserved seating in advance, $12 (Thurs.) & $15 (Fri. & Sat.) general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Angels in America: Millennium Approaches": U-M Theatre Department.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 29-Apr. 8. U-M theatre professor Daniel Cantor directs U-M drama students in the first half of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1991 2-play series that can fairly be said to have redefined modern American theater. Subtitled "A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," Angels in America is an ambitious, sprawling, fantastic spectacle examining Reagan-era politics, religion, the AIDS plague, and the timeless questions of love, courage, and death. The drama centers around one HIV-positive man, his friends and loved ones, and the various presences who haunt him, including angelic messengers and the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg.
7:30 p.m. (Thurs.), 8 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.), 2 p.m. (Sun.), U-M Walgreen Drama Center Arthur Miller Theatre, 1226 Murfin. Tickets $30 (students, $12) in advance at the Michigan League Box Office or at, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 764-2538. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"Intruder About-Turn: A Star Trek Puppet Show": Dreamland Theater.

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Mar. 17, 24, & 31. The Dreamland Puppet Troupe performs Jess Rowland's puppet show based on "Turnabout Intruder," a Star Trek original series episode, about an ancient alien technology that causes Captain Kirk to switch bodies with an old flame.
8 p.m., Dreamland Theater, 26 N. Washington. $10 or pay what you can. 657-2337. [map]

 8 & 10 p.m. 

"Pointless Improv Shows": Pointless Brewery & Theatre.

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Every Sat. Comedic improv by experienced local performers.
8 & 10 p.m., Pointless, 3014 Packard. Tickets $15 (8 p.m.) & $12 (10 p.m.)., (989) 455-4484. [map]

 8 p.m. 

"The Devil's Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith": Theatre Nova.

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Every Thurs.-Sun., Mar. 30-Apr. 22. Lynch Travis directs the Michigan premiere of Angelo Parra's hit 2001 Off-Broadway musical about this "Empress of the Blues" set on the eve of her death in 1937. Rebuffed by a "Whites Only" establishment, she takes the stage at a gin joint and shares stories from her life and career. Features 13 of Smith's most famous songs, including "I Ain't Got Nobody," "St. Louis Blues," and "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do." Stars K Edmonds.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), The Yellow Barn, 416 W. Huron. Tickets are $20 or pay what you can afford, in advance at and (if available) at the door. Members ($75 annual donation) receive priority access to all shows. 635-8450. [map]

 9 p.m.  Free! 

Karaoke: Bel-Mark Lanes.

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Bel-Mark Lanes, 3530 Jackson Road. Free. No cover charge.. 734-994-8433. [map]

 10 p.m. 

"Persepolis": State Theatre.

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(Vincent Paronnaud & Marjane Satrapi, 2007). Visually breathtaking, darkly observant and witty animated film about a rebellious girl's childhood in 1980s Tehran. Based on codirector Satrapi's autobiographical graphic novels. French, subtitles.
10 p.m., State Theatre. Tickets: $10 (children under 12, students with ID, seniors age 65 & older, & U.S. veterans, $8; MTF members, $7.50)., 668-TIME.


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Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Cedars

Local jazz ensemble led by tenor saxophonist-composer Dan Bennett. [venue info]

Avalon Cafe & Kitchen: Nadim Azzam

Local pop-oriented hip-hop singer-songwriter whose new EP, Here's To Changes Vol. 1, is a collection of songs about love and loneliness he wrote as a troubled teen. [venue info]

Bona Sera: "PoptART."

Drag show. [venue info]

Club Above: "Indie Rock Showcase."

With bands TBA. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. [venue info]

Conor O'Neill's: Me & Joe Smith

Detroit funkabilly duo. [venue info]

Crazy Wisdom Tea Room: Rochelle Clark and Michelle Held Rochelle Clark

Double bill. Clark is a Chelsea singer-songwriter who's half of the Americana duo The Potter's Field, and Held is a a Detroit pop-folk singer-songwriter with a distinctively soulful vocal style. [venue info]

Earle: Rick Burgess Trio

Jazz ensemble, named after the late jazz pianist and Earle cofounder Burgess, featuring drummer Robert Warren and a rotating roster of bassists and pianists. [venue info]

Guy Hollerin's: Saints of Soul

Detroit R&B, soul, and funk septet fronted by vocalist Sorilbran Stone. [venue info]

Habitat Lounge: Atomic Radio

Detroit quartet that plays 70s-90s rock and pop favorites. [venue info]

Mash: The Invasion

British Invasion cover quartet from Redford led by singer- guitarist David Roof. [venue info]

Zou Zou's Cafe: Joel Palmer

Veteran Detroit singer-guitarist whose repertoire includes vintage and original blues, swing, and folk-style tunes. With singer and harmonica player Jimmy Nichols. [venue info]


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